Do the foramen ovale and ductus arteriosis completely close?

Usually. Both the foramen ovale and the ductus arteriosus normally close shortly after birth. If the ductus arteriosus does not close, doctors can use medications or other techniques to close it. The foramen ovale is not always closed as long as the patient is not experiencing any problems.

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Do foramen ovale and ductus arteriosis close after birth?

Yes. They typically close immediately after birth. If not, your doctor may have to give the child medicine to close it, or surgery, depending on the problem and whether it works or now. Read more...

What is the seriousness of ductus arteriosus/venosus and foramen ovale?

Needs to be closed. Ductus arteriosus(PDA) is normal at birth and should close soon after. If persistant ,PDA is abnormal and may become a significant problem after few months of life. It should be evaluated by cardiologist and may be closed through a catheter and not require surgery. Foramen Ovale (Communication between R/ L upper chambers of heart) normal at birth and stays open in ~25% of people.Rarely a problem . Read more...

How can incomplete closure of the ductus arteriosus or foramen ovale affect my blood oxygen levels?

Variable. This depends largely on the size of the ductus arteriosus (pda) and the chronicity of the condition. At birth, if there is delayed closure of the pda, there should be no affect on oxygen levels. If the PDA is large, and long-standing, pulmonary vascular disease can develop (eisenmenger syndrome) resulting in decreased pulmonary blood flow and lower blood oxygen levels. This rarely occurs. Read more...